I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit Korea, it was awesome. The food really surprised me, I didnt expect it to be really good compared to California’s food.
You and Lustboy began playing together on an official stage in week 10 of the Summer Split. How did you feel changing supports so late in the split and at such a critical time? Were you confident you could build enough synergy to perform and make worlds? When did things really start to click in terms of synergy?
I was worried about the synergy we would have going into playoffs and into worlds, but we started to click after we started boot camping in Korea and started playing the foreign bot lanes. We started communicating a lot more and Lustboys English improved a lot during the couple weeks we played together. And I also learned some Korean to use in solo q.
How do you feel you improved over boot camp as a bot lane? Individually?
I feel I improved a lot and I think this season I will be very impactful as a player. I learned about rotations and teamplay due to the bootcamp.
Who was your favorite duo to play against during your time scrimming up to the World Championship?
My favorite bot lane to play against was definitely Mata & Imp by far. They were just so amazing at the game. They played their lanes really solidly and the mind games they played in the bot lane were so new to me; they controlled vision so well. They were defintely my favorite bot lane to play against.
Going into the group stage, how confident were you? Who were you looking forward to playing the most?
Going into groups I thought to myself if we played well we could easily get first seed in groups, but we got ahead of ourselves and ended up losing the first game to SHRC due to overconfidence and lack of preparation. I was looking forward to playing SHRC a lot because of their bot lane and Insec.
Which team do you feel gave you the hardest time? What duo lane did you feel was stronger out of the teams in your group?
SHRC gave us the hardest time because of their solid mechanics. In the group stage I really wanted to play vs Uzi & Zero, I was pretty confident going into the bot lane vs them, but I choked and ended up playing really poorly the first game, I wish I had more games to prove myself against them.
What was your preparation like heading into the quarterfinals? How do you feel you and Lustboy stack up against Imp and Mata? What stood out most about Imp?
We were too focused on what to do mid game that we completely ignored our level 1s and they just dominated us 2 games because of our lack of preparation. Lustboy & I defintely could have defeated Imp & Mata at that stage I believe. After groups Lustboy & I were improving faster than we did for groups and I actually think if it was 2v2 we could have had a good chance to beat SSW. The thing that stands out the most about Imp is his ability to rotate with his team and be at the right place at the right time.
What is your overall opinion of where NA stands in comparison to other regions?
I think NA is definitely catching up to Korea and currently I would say we’re a top 4 region.
What did you learn most from the tournament and how do you feel about your overall performance?
I learned about teamplay and objectives this tournament more than anything and I realized I was playing the game wrong until the Koreans taught me, I felt my performance could have been better hopefully I can show my improvement during the split.
Looking ahead, how strong do you believe the team can be in Season 5?
I think TSM will definitely be the strongest NA team this season and hopefully we can even do better at worlds for S5.
How do you plan to spend the rest of your vacation?
I am planning to spend the rest of my vacation playing smash bros and League of Legends, I can’t seem to stay away from video games.
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